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rhelm1953

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About rhelm1953

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Hillsboro Oregon
  • Interests
    Old Cars, Motorcycles, Golf, Home remodeling
  • My Project Cars
    1950 Plymouth Special deluxe<br />
    1939 Plymouth Pickup

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    Hillsboro OR
  • Interests
    hot rods, golf, woodworking

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    Engineer

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  1. rhelm1953

    Dual Master Cylinder

    I'm with Bob, I also used the ECI kit and was impressed with the quality and very pleased with the results. The customer service was also excellent when I had a couple of questions.
  2. rhelm1953

    Steering Box for 46 Plymouth Special Deluxe

    Yep, what he said, I meant lash not preload...
  3. rhelm1953

    Fuel Milage

    I'm getting about 18 mpg with my 1950 Plymouth in mostly city driving. This is after a carb rebuild and tune up.
  4. rhelm1953

    Steering Box for 46 Plymouth Special Deluxe

    I think Cold Blue has the right idea with checking the pre load adjustment. The symptoms you describe, the free paly in the steering wheel and the speed wobble remind me of an old Datsun 510 I had. Same symptoms, a small adjustment on the preload screw and it all went away. Check the service manual for the correct procedure, follow it and it that does not correct the problem then you are looking at a steering box rebuild. When you check the preload also check the fluid level. My bet is on th preload being wrong, the steering boxes are pretty tough.
  5. rhelm1953

    Steering Box for 46 Plymouth Special Deluxe

    These old Mopars do not have a coupler in the steering shaft. It is a solid steel rod from the steering wheel into the steering box. If you have 6" of play at the steering wheel and the pitman arm is not moving then the slack is in the steering box.
  6. rhelm1953

    Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    I have been driving my 1950 Special Deluxe every day for the last week. I have more cars than drivers so I rotate through the fleet so they all get exercised every couple of weeks. Here it is sitting in the parking lot at work. One of these is not like the others, can you pick out the vintage Plymouth?
  7. rhelm1953

    1952 Dodge Coupe hot rod

    It jeep fits in there like it was made for it! I really like the tubular exhaust manifold, it would really look sweet powder coated, the problem is you can't see because of the ugly a$$ intake manifold...
  8. rhelm1953

    1951 Coronet Coupe

    I installed the eci disc brakes and dual master cylinder kit in my 1950 Plymouth. The kit is high quality and bolted in with a minimum of fiddling. I did not use a power booster and the brakes have a good feel and pedal effort.
  9. rhelm1953

    Seat Covers

    What's your budget and what is your expectation? Are you looking for aftermarket covers to just slip over the upholstery or do you want to recover the seats? Before you go the seat cover route I would suggest talking to local upholstery shops, having the seats redone may be less expensive than you think.
  10. rhelm1953

    Newport wiper motor/ using the original switch

    On the 1950 Plymouth the wiper knob is a press fit on the shaft of the switch with a slot in the top of the shaft for a spring to slip into. The Newport switch had the correct diameter shaft but it was too long and not slotted. Supporting the shaft in a vise I cut it to length and then cut a slot in the shaft with a fine blade hacksaw. I then used a jewelers file to finish the slot to the same size as the original switch. It took maybe 10 minutes and the stock knob just pressed onto the shaft of the new switch.
  11. rhelm1953

    Newport wiper motor/ using the original switch

    I have the Newport electric wiper conversion on my 1950 Plymouth and I modified the shaft on the Newport switch to use the stock Plymouth knob. I even kept the switch location in the same awkward location in the center top of the dash! Rich H
  12. rhelm1953

    Greetings from KY

    I was kind of hoping you were going to go all the way and drop in an RB. I do love the sound of a big block mopar. I still miss the sound of my 70 Charger with a 440, and that was 40 years ago.
  13. rhelm1953

    Greetings from KY

    Am I to assume we are not talking a stock restoration here? No worries, just keep it all mopar and you will escape our wrath...
  14. rhelm1953

    1950 Plymouth special deluxe from Canada

    When I replaced the vacuum wipers on my 1950 Special Deluxe I purchased the 12V wiper conversion from Newport Engineering and their 6 to 12 volt convertor. The convertor isn't the least expensive but it works well and the instructions were clear. In addition to the wipers I am also using it to power some Bluetooth speakers so I have tunes.
  15. rhelm1953

    1950 Plymouth special deluxe from Canada

    Welcome to the forum! I also have a 1950 Special Deluxe, they are tough old girls and with a little tuning can be very reliable drives. Back in the day everyone's aunt and grandmother drove one, at least that must have been the case based on the comments I always hear when people talk to me about the car, so they must have been reliable... You should have a lot of fun with it, just try to drive it more than you work on it! Rich
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